30 years since Spain & Portugal joined the EU

Posted on: 07/01/2016

"A major step in history": 30 years since Spain and Portugal joined the EU

This month it has been 30 years since Spain and Portugal joined the EU. At the time the EU was still known as the European Economic Community and after the accession of Portugal and Spain consisted of 12 member states.

Last June EP President Martin Schulz  paid tribute to Portugal and Spain on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the two countries signing the EU accession treaty. "This was a major step in European history," the president of the European Parliament said in his opening remarks of the 8-11 June plenary session in Strasbourg.

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